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Use pencil pen etc?


I was told we could use pencil and/or pen on the exam.

Do the graders have preferences about this or other format issues?


Hi - this is from the Cambridge Assessment Admissions testing website "Candidates can take rulers, protractors and compasses into the examination. They should write their answers in black or blue pen, and use pencil for diagrams and graphs."

Thank you for clarifying, I am studying overseas and it was unclear if pencil was okay as well for solutions.

I was also unsure if we are expected to use both sides of the page in the answer booklet? I did not see that mentioned?

Is there a preference? Use both sides or not?

thank you again

You should use both sides of the page, but ensure that you start each new question on a new page.

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